Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.
From Ka Baird, to you ~
I present you with Activation Exercises, a playlist to rejuvenate and energize. A provocation to action, a provocation to move your body. Some more juicy, some more groovy, some more jilted, some more raw. Featuring the sounds of Uganda’s MC Yallah w Debmaster to Vienna’s Jung An Tagen to Japan’s YPY to Helsinki’s Pekka Airaksinen to Shanghai’s 33EMYBW to Lisbon’s Puto Tito to American experimentalists Max Eilbacher, 75 Dollar Bill and Paul Demarinis (to name a few)!
Feel it, don’t think it! Enjoy! And maybe see you on the dance floor!
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Sign Libra is the sigil under which Latvian composer and artist Agata Melnikova delivers her mystical, musical musings. Sea to Sea, Melnikova’s sophomore album, operates at the node between cerebral and celestial, the complex and magnificent systems of our immediate and greater cosmos arranged into exquisite and eccentric sound patterns.
Watch the video for “Sea of Islands” directed by Sign Libra below:
South African visual artist and filmmaker Sean Metelerkamp, best known for his videos for Death Grips and Die Antwoord, contributes a hazy, technicolor complement to Michele Mercure’s brief yet anthemic ambient song, “Antarctica”, released in November 2018 as part of her archival compilation, Beside Herself.
Michele will be performing select shows overseas this November. Learn more here.
Respires, the second solo album by Ka Baird, blurs the line between word and action, definition and possibility. Spirited yet restrained, bearing its wildly thrummed heart strings and inner calm alike, Respires ventures toward the unknown, charting the shifting ground of experimental music and the rewards born of risk.
In anticipation of this week’s release of J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R., Jennifer Vanilla shares the video for her second single “Erase The Time.”
Propelled along by an acid-tinged synth, “Erase The Time” speaks specifically to the malleability of existence on the dance floor. Conceived in collaboration with director Lisa Bass, the video (sourced in part by hacked surveillance footage from Brian Abelson) makes use of Times Square as a site of inevitable public record.
In addition to the two original tracks, the J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R. EP features a remix of “Erase The Time” by fellow local scene stalwart AceMo. The EP will be available in digital and televisual formats October 18, 2019 on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label. Learn more here.
Known for her raw, ecstatic, and boundary pushing live solo performances, Ka Baird debuts her new album Respires in this special one-off performance. Presented across the 40-channel 3D audio system at Future Space, the audience will be fully surrounded by her intricate and visceral compositions.
In collaboration with Dave & Gabe, custom multi-channel effects have been created enabling her to process and control her voice live through the sound system. Learn more here.
Helado Negro and his faithful music-making companions recreate the sounds of This Is How You Smile for Live at KCRW, a live recording – and limited edition vinyl release – of the ensemble’s inspired performance on Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show.
To coincide with the occasion, Helado Negro shares a new video for “Seen My Aura” from This Is How You Smile. Watch the video, a near perfect manifestation of the song’s lyrics directed by Jason Evans, below:
Helado Negro and the Smile Band’s Live At KCRW will be available in a limited vinyl edition from Helado Negro on a spree of upcoming US and international tour dates and from RVNG Intl. on November 15, 2019. Learn more here.
Ahead of Respires’ release, Ka Baird travels across Europe for a month starting next week, returning home to Brooklyn for a special 40-channel presentation of the album at Future Space on Thursday, November 7.
In the meantime, watch a video for “Spiritus Operis” directed by Camilla Padgitt-Coles below:
Ka Baird’s Respires will be released October 25, 2019 on vinyl and digital formats. Learn more here.